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NSW Police Warn of 10-Year Jail Term Following Fruit Contamination Across Australia

2018-09-18 23:08
The New South Wales Police Force on Tuesday, September 18 called on the public to exercise caution when buying and consuming fruit after needles were reportedly found in strawberries, bananas and apples across the country. Police said there were no confirmed motivations or reasons for the recent cases of fruit contamination, which could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for convicted offenders. They also warned of deliberate or copycat acts regarding unverified online photos of needles inserted in fruit. On Tuesday, a Brisbane school student was reportedly injured after biting into a strawberry but Queensland Police later ruled the incident was a false report of contamination. Fruit growers were forecast to see their businesses suffer as a result of the incidents. Videos posted on social media showed farmers dumping masses of strawberries in the peak of the season. Supermarket chains Aldi and Coles recalled the fruit from most of their shelves, while New Zealand food distributors Foodstuffs and Countdown said they would stop selling Australian strawberries, The Guardian reported. Credit: NSW Police Force via Storyful